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ESTA permission pg. 2
Firemen and Turtles pg. 3
Whirlwind pg. 6
Hotel Construction pg.10
Dictionary pg. 14
Cft Report pg. 13

Bart and Jacqueline Landheer Get Ready For The Show

f I ou're not an American citizen T bl f C t t

Where are the eggs?
Eggs are missing from
supermarket shelves these days
because the government, in or-
der to encourage the selling of
local eggs, won't give permits
to supermarkets to import them.
However, local egg suppliers
can't handle the demand and
consequently shelves are emp-
tied quickly. Last week, we
were told by a merchant, there
were no eggs available between
Wednesday and Saturday. Local
eggs must be priced at NAf
5,59. But imported eggs will
cost the consumer only NAf
3,75. In today's economy peo-
ple need help to make it.

0 The number of Antilleans
and Arubans living in the
Netherlands has increased by
24,600 persons, or some 23%
in the past eight years. 40% to
50% of the Antilleans and
Arubans are second generation,
meaning they were born in the
According to the Central Bu-
reau for Statistics (CBS), more
than 131,800 persons of Antil-
lean and Aruban descent were
living in the Netherlands as of
January 1, 2008. The Nether-
lands had a total population of
16,405,400 as of January 1,
2008, of whom 13.19 million
are "native" Dutch and 3.21
million foreign. Peculiarly, An-
tilleans and Arubans are classed
as a foreign group, although
they hold Dutch nationality. The
Turkish group is the largest with
370,000 persons, followed by
Surinamese and Moroccans,
each with 335,000 persons.

and want to visit the US you need
Internet access or a friend who does.
Effective January 12, 2009, Antilleans (or
Dutch citizens) who want to visit for 90
days or less in the US either for business
or leisure must have advance permission
from American authorities. Without this
permission the traveler may not board an
airplane to the US.

1 ipniTY

0 Air France and KLM
launched Bluenity.com, the
first social network website
for air travelers last Friday.
Think of it as a MySpace or
Facebook for flyers. The new
social website will let travelers
share their top tips or com-
plaints about hotels, restaurants
and shopping anywhere in the
Bluenity.com is unique; it
allows airline customers to
make their flight schedule pub-
lic and to get updates from oth-
ers about their flight arrange-
ments, allowing travelers to
meet online before they travel to
arrange to share a taxi, for ex-
ample, or to meet in a lounge.
The site is available in three
languages- French, English and
Dutch and is free.

Last Wednesday the Minis-
ter of Minister of Traffic and
Telecommunications, Mr. Mau-
rice Adriaens, opened the new
office of Bureau of Telecom-
munications & Post (BT&P)
on Bonaire. Both Minister
Adriaens and BT&P director,
Mr. Joao de Canha, declared
that BT&P, as the telecommuni-
cation regulator for the Nether-
lands Antilles, is working hard
on its future to accommodate
the changes that are taking place
internationally in the area of
telecommunication and the new
state structure of the Antilles.
The new BT&P office on Bon-
(Continued on page 5)

"ESTA" stand for the Electronic System l 1
for Travel Authorization that the Secre-
tary of Homeland Security has introduced US Vice Consul
for border control. ESTA applies to 27 James Hogan.
countries, including the Netherlands and
the Netherlands Antilles. Although citizens
of these countries, the so-called Visa Waiver Program Countries, do
not need a visa for business or leisure when they stay up to 90 days
in the US, they DO need this advance permission.
This program on the Internet replaces the green forms (I94W) that
citizens from the countries in the Visa Waiver Program have had to
complete until now.
Homeland Security announced the ESTA system on June 3 of this
year and it's been in operation since August 1. But it was optional-
the green forms still have had to be completed. While ESTA clear-
ance is optional now, after January 12, 2009, it will be mandatory.
"The same as with any other country in the world, the US wants
to know who enters the country," says Vice Consul James Hogan.

72 hours before departure
Travelers to the US are advised to get on the ESTA website,
https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov 72 hours before departure and answer all
the questions for the ESTA permission, then submit it. The ques-
tions are the same as those on the current green form you get
handed to you on the airplane: personal data, antecedents, passport
number, etc. Until now 96.6% of the requests submitted have been
approved and most of the time in mere seconds. In the past when a
traveler neglected to hand in the stub of the green form, he/she was
considered "still in the country," and after 90 days was considered
illegal. That would cause trouble on subsequent entries. The new
automated system would eliminate that problem.
Three results are possible once everything is completed and per-
mission is requested: "Approved," "Pending," or "Travel not au-
thorized." Approved means that everything is in order and the per-
son can enter the US. This OK is good for two years or until the
present passport expires. It is recommended to take a printout of the
permission with you, even though it remains in the system.

Only via Internet
ESTA is only obtainable via Internet. Travelers are responsible
for the ESTA permission, but they can also have their travel agent
or airline company take care of the request if they have all the re-
quired data and offer that service.
The airline company that transports a passenger to the US without
the ESTA approval can expect vigorous fines and possibly addi-
tional sanctions. The passenger who appears before an American
immigration officer without the ESTA permission can be deported
at the discretion of the immigration officer.

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This Week's Stories

ESTA Information 2
Firemen Save Sea Turtles 3
Whirlwind Hits Washington Park 6
Four DayWalk 6
Shelter Pet Shop 8
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 9
Hotel Development Postponed -1 1 C
CIEE Report 1C
Barracudas Get Ready 11
Sewage Awareness Bubbles 11
Letters to the Editor WEB vs. QM-2,
Police as Guards 12
BES Islands Finances OK but.. 13
Dreams of Bonaire 14
Reporter Dictionary Donation 14
Dictionary Donation Near Goal 14
Kingdom Day 17
Study and Job Fair 18

Weekly Features

Flotsam& Jetsam 2
Profiles, Parisina Malatesta 4
Bonairean Voices (Physical Education) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Island View (Illiteracy) 8
Pet of the Week ("Lola") 8
Sudoku Solution 9
Classifieds 12
ReporterMasthead 13
Tide Table 13
Picture Yourself(Nursery, Quebec,
Houston) 15
Whafs Happening 16
Dining, Shopping Guides 17
Bubbles-Did You Know(Seahorses)18
Sky Park (Three Brightest) 19
Star Power (Astrobgy) 19

How to contact us
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Story tip or idea:
Print and Online
Bonairenews.com, then click
on "Go to Archives"
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Firemen Save Sea Turtles
2' .;_ a STCB PhotQoc

O n Friday the 31st of October, the
team of airport firemen on duty
found one live hawksbill hatchling in the
parking lot of the Flamingo Airport. An-
other hatchling, crushed by a car, was
also found on the main road. The fire-
men called STINAPA to report the find
and Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
(STCB) staff went to check the area. In
cases like this, STCB staff look for more
hatchlings and try to find the nest from

where these hatchlings come from.

STCB Manager Mabel Nava found the
nest on Pali Mangel beach in front of
the airport. The procedure of opening
and counting began and 10 live hatch-
lings were found in the nest. Baby turtles
typically hatch during the evening hours
when it is cooler and there are fewer
predators by the sea, especially sea
birds. Accordingly, these hatchlings

were kept in a safe place until the eve-
ning when they were released with the
help of the fire team on duty.
In a more natural setting hatchlings
emerge from the nest and find their way
to the sea by orienting themselves to the
subtle brightness of the sky above the
horizon. In this case, STCB staff sus-
pect that the airport's bright lights con-
fused the turtle hatchlings, drawing them
inland instead of toward the sea.
Light pollution from beach-front prop-
erties causes the deaths of thousands of
sea turtle hatchlings each year around
the world and it is a major factor in
slowing the population recovery of our
depleted sea turtle populations.

Light pollution is still not a major
problem on Bonaire for our sea turtles,
but this is not the first time that hatch-
lings from nests on Pali Magel have
crossed the road towards the airport and
been killed by cars instead of going to
the sea. Perhaps it is time to start think-
ing about a proper lighting system for
coastal development to prevent our baby
turtles from going to the wrong place.
STCB encourages developers to install
turtle-friendly lighting when building
close to the coast, and STCB staff are
happy to assist developers in looking for
alternative solutions for their lighting
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Page 3

ProfilIes: Paisina Malatesta. A Deep Connection With Rincon And Bonaire

P arisina Malatesta, founder
of the Friends of Nature
Foundation, is publishing a 2009
edition of the Bonaire Agenda.
It should be seen and read by
everyone who feels strongly
about Bonaire's nature, culture
and traditions. The pictures by
Argentinean photographer Jorge
Provenza are pure art and
beauty. He spent over a month at
Cargill Salt Works with permis-
sion from Manager Bret Schutt-
pelz, who feels that "on Bonaire
we coexist in harmony with na-
ture." However, we are aware
more and more of the threat that
human activities pose on the
survival of the planet. Environ-
mental crisis, the uncontrolled
exploitation of resources that
took centuries to create, global
warming these are real issues.
Nature is not an unlimited re-

Parisina came to Bonaire 18
years ago, having been a travel
writer and poet for many years.
The last 15 years she spent with
an Indian tribe in Venezuela,
learning about their traditions,
their culture, art and coexistence
with nature. This harmony is
stored in the earth, in nature, in
the tribe itself with their stories
and memories. Parisina pub-
lished articles about the tribe's
vision which has enabled them to
live for many centuries in com-
plete harmony with their envi-
ronment. She became a travel
guide for special interest groups
like ecologists, archeologists and
biologists who wanted to visit
the area where the tribe lives.

When Parisina visited Rincon
18 years ago something pro-
found happened within her. She
experienced a similar harmoni-
ous energy still existing within
the people of Rincon and its na-
ture, the underwater world, the
traditional architecture, and the
traditions and memories of many
people. It was as if Rincon, like

the Indian tribe in Venezuela, is
one the few spots on the planet
where the awareness of the ne-
cessity to coexist is stored within
its environment and its people,
as if a powerful and harmonious
energy is still very much alive
through living in balance with
each other and with the environ-

Parisina bought a 150-year-old
Bonairean house in the heart of
Rincon and felt immediately at
home. Her house is still very
much alive with the memories of
many generations, she feels. The
local community made her feel
like "one of them." They wel-
comed her and shared the history
of their ancestors, the first
slaves. Through their stories,
their memories and traditions,
their music and art, they truly
keep the spirit of living in har-
mony, respect and cooperation
with Mother Earth. "Rincon is
incredibly precious," Parisina
says. "It's different from the rest
of the island."

What happens on the rest of
Bonaire makes her wonder if this
beautiful island can sustain a
healthy and proud society with-
out further damaging nature. Is it
possible for Bonaire to escape
the fate of so many other places
in the world that lost their bal-
ance? When we ignore the natu-
ral balance we'll lose our source
of life. Bonaire is small and
therefore manageable; it would
be relatively easy to take the
necessary ecological measures in
order to reverse the direction in
which the island's development
is going things like a better

sewage sys-
tem, a solution
for the landfill
and green
power sources
for example.

In order to
keep what isn't
lost yet, Paris-
ina founded
the Friends of
Nature Foun-
dation and
with the help
of several
sponsors and
(all mentioned
in the agenda),
she published
her first Bon-
aire agenda
eight years
ago. The phi-
losophy is to
highlight the
beauty and
importance of

need to do everything possible to
take that direction, she says.

This year's edition of the Bon-
aire Agenda is dedicated to the
pink flamingos, one of the is-
land's most impressive protected
species, photographed mainly in
their breeding colony sanctuary
at Pekelmeer, showing unique
conditions within the colony.
Jorge Provenza spent so much
time amidst the colony he almost
became "one of them." Other
amazing photos show the under-
water world, local people, tradi-
tional architecture, caves, ani-
mals, the moon just after an
eclipse and an extraordinary fold
-out photo of a flamingo breed-
ing colony.

The agenda will be sent all
over the world by its sponsors,
dive shops and hotels. Tourists
may take it home with them.
Local shops will sell them. The

agenda includes a map of Bon-
aire, pages with local services
and a directory. It should be an
inspiration for those living in
suburban areas and polluted cit-
ies as a reminder of how it's still
possible to experience life
through nature.
Isn't it scary to realize that we
are on the brink of throwing
away all which is still whole,
healthy and balanced on this
island? Thanks to Parisina
Malatesta's passionate connec-
tion with the island, her love and
devotion to her project, she cre-
ated a true reflection of Bonaire.
The publication of the 2009 Bon-
aire Agenda is her gift to the
island. U

Story &
photo by
Louise Rood

nature on Bonaire, its architec-
ture, its people and their tradi-
tions, by showing that something
unique and precious is still pre-
sent on the island. When we lose
sight of the essential elements
that sustain life on the island the
destruction of the reef, nature
and many animal species will be
irreversible. Parisina feels she
owes it to the island to make
people aware that Bonaire is
unique in many respects, that the
inhabitants are responsible for
this pristine part of the planet.
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"When we ignore the

natural balance we'll lose

our source of life."


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Flotsam & Jetsam (Continued from page 2)

aire will be staffed by three employees.
During the event BT&P made a donation
of NAf 62.600 to Kolegio Kristu Bon
Wardador for the purchase of computer
for the school. BT&P has two other of-
fices, the head office on Curaqao and on
office on Sint Maarten. The new office is
located at Kaya Grandi 69. The P.O. Bo;
is number 791, the telephone number is
(599) 717-3140 and the fax number is
(599) 717-3554.

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) The SABADECO (Santa Barbara
Development Company) is considered 1
be one of the most prestigious and suc-
cessful upscale home development pro-
jects on Bonaire. Building lots offered
usually sell out fast. Now a new section,
Crown West, has been opened. Contac
one of the realtors listed in The Reporter
to get complete details and prices on the
Crown West offerings.

) President Hugo Chavez inaugu-
rated his country's first Venezuelan-
Russian offshore natural gas project ii
the Gulf of Venezuela, close to Aruba,
last Friday, hailing his country's increas-

ingly close energy coop-
eration with Russia as "a
counterweight to US
n imperialism." A Russian
drilling platform has
s started extracting natural
gas from under the sea-
e bed.
s Russian President
x Dmitry Medvedev is
scheduled to visit Vene-
zuela later this month,
when Venezuelan and
Russian naval fleets plan
to hold joint exercises in
the Caribbean Sea.
Chavez said that a few
Russian military vessels,
including a cruiser and
several submarines,
would soon arrive in the
region for the joint exer-

O On Saturday, No-
vember 22, Bonaire's
to Governor, Glenn
Thod6, will speak on

0 Starting December 1, 2008, Bonaire Inter-
national Airport N.V. will impose a NAf 3 ser-
vice charge on each departing passenger. It will
be added to the existing passenger facility
charge ("airport tax"). This means that departing
passengers for domestic destinations will pay NAf
15,50 and departing passengers for foreign desti-
nations NAf 63,50. Departing passengers 60 or
older or under 12 who are residents of either the
Netherlands Antilles or Aruba and have a domes-
tic destination, will pay NAf 10,50. Children un-
der 2 years are exempt.

The fee is to cover the deployment of the new
AirportConnect CUTE system. CUTE stands for

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Future Nation (Bonaire Nobo, kreashon
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Bonaire Casino at 7:30 pm. All invited.

0 Last week the Netherlands Antilles
Olympic Committee (NAOC) an-
nounced that Churandy Martina has
the Olympic Silver Medal for the 200
meter sprint in his possession. Days
after the closing of the Olympic Games,
Shawn Crawford decided to hand over the
medal to Churandy. The American



Common Use Terminal Equipment. With CUTE
any airline can use any of the 12 available check-
in counters at Flamingo Airport. The additional
flexibility and capacity should make passenger
check-in more efficient and provide much better
service for the departing passenger. The present
check-in system works with dedicated check-in
counters which are only usable by one particular
airline and cannot be used by other airlines, thus
restricting processing capacity. Furthermore,
FIDS, Flight Information Display System will
provide a real time display of the status of flights.
In addition to the scheduled arrival or departure
times, information can be displayed such as
"Departed," "Delayed," "Boarding."

tiles sprinter says that Martina is the rightful
)ee winner of the silver medal. Crawford, who
iniittee came in fourth but moved up two spots
"tO because of the two disqualifications, felt
he did not deserve the silver medal and
gave it to Churandy. The Court of Arbitra-
tion for Sports in Switzerland on Decem-
ber 5 will hear the Antillean appeal
against Churandy's disqualification,
among others things, because the US pro-
test was filed too late.

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Page 5

Whirlwind Destroys Structures

at Washington Park Entrance

K ansas has tornados, Florida has hurricanes and Bonaire has warwarus and
tubushis (whirlwinds). These micro-windstorms, although rare, are known for
causing considerable damage. Last week the roof and supports at the popular visitors
terrace at the entrance to Washington-Slagbaai Nation Park were demolished by a
warwari. The strong wind scattered wood and roofing material over an area of about
100m2. Little else in the Park or surrounding area was damaged.
George (Kultura) Thode, Chief Ranger at the Park, reported that the winds were
generated by clouds that appeared in the area at about 6:30 am and were also observed
by Rincon residents. Early arriving Park visitors were appalled by the damage and
pitched in to help the Park rangers clean up the mess. After the road was cleared of
debris the Park was opened and operation returned to normal.
Materials for the original structure were donated by Jeff and Linda Goldman and
built by Park employees and a private contractor. Linda and Jeff were married on
Bonaire six years ago and have shown a great affection for our island in many ways. If
you are interested in making a donation to the National Park please contact the Park
at info(@stinapa.org or call 599 717- 8444. U Elsmarie Beukenboom, STINAPA

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Walk is set to start at Flamingo airport
on Thursday, November 27, at 9 am. Partici-
pants will walk or bike for 125 km., covering
the length and breadth of the island over a
period of the following four days ending in
downtown Kralendijk. The event is modeled
after the world-famous Nijmegen (The Neth-
erlands) Vierdaagse, the largest walking
event in the world. Proceeds will benefit the
Center for Children in Poverty Foundation.
Day 1- From Flamingo Airport south
through Belnem and around to Sorobon.
Day 2- From Sorobon through Nikiboko,
through downtown Kralendijk on Kaya L.D.
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There will be camping areas provided for
the evenings at the day's destination points.
The cost is NAf 50 which will cover support
drinks and snacks along the route and a T-
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Most of us agree that physical edu-
cation contributes to a healthy
body and mind, and I wondered how this
is being practiced in schools.
Mr. Francis Wanga (41), the interim
director of the foundation for sport in
Bonaire called SEDREBO (Servicio di
Deporte i Rekreo Boneriano) explained:
"The foundation has been operating
since 2004, but in 2006 the government
chose a foundation board to take care of
the physical activities in all the elemen-
tary schools and the community centers
and sports for physically disabled people,
the elderly, adults and government em-
ployees. For 18 years, even before becom-


ing a foundation, we organized sports
championships for all the schools, includ-
ing the SGB (high school), and this year,
2008, we had a broad program. The Bo-
nairean Sports Complex has been very
useful, although some sports must be
played outside like softball, swimming,
running and soccer for instance. We get
financing from donations, sponsors and
the CUS (Commissie Uitvoering Sport
projecten) commission for sports projects.
Our main goal is to identify the abilities
of children participating in sports activi-
ties during school hours and to help them
further develop these abilities during after
school hours. Unfortunately we are in
great need of more qualified employees to
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be re-adjusted so we can
do more. And beside this
all the sports fields need
to be maintained. We
hope in the future that
we will be able to give a
scholarship to one of
the best students, not
only in high school edu-
cation, but also in
physical education."

Mr. Serapio Pop (53),
chief of the educators
administration of the
SGB complex, said:
"Physical education is
being given at SGB, but
the gymnastic room
needs a lot of attention.
Teachers and students
attending the gymnastic
classes are very un-
happy. The rooms, toi-
lets and dressing rooms
are unclean, untidy,
unhygienic and un-
healthy. And a lot of the
gym lessons have had to be dropped. We
need to better evaluate the cleaning mat-
ter; it must be improved. The students
want to take gym but in better conditions.

We have to invest in all the SGB build-
ings and it must happen soon. The school
needs to be brought to a higher level in
buildings, school materials and school
values especially if we want to find sport
talent in our students. Educators too need
to respect the opinions of the students. A
developing plan has been made to finance
part of the SGB buildings (gym location
not included) and to evaluate the school in
16 areas. We have to seek comfort and a
peaceful state of mind for the parents, the
educators, the environment and... our
students. To achieve all this we need to go

back to the basics. Teach the students
SGB norms, discipline and how to be
motivated until the end. With all this we
hope to keep education in all areas, in-
cluding physical education, at a higher
So as you can see a lot needs to be done
in physical education and
the buildings where it is
being practiced. SE-
DREBO and the SGB are
asking for help. Can you
contribute? 0
Siomara E. Albertus

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While I was walking around at the
fifth "Studie- en Beroepen-
markt" (Study and Job Market) Inge Berben
of FORMA handed me a small flyer. It gave
me information about how to recognize
functional illiteracy. I was shocked to read
that 20.8% of the people of Bonaire are
functionally illiterate. Because people are
probably ashamed of the fact they cannot
read and write sufficiently, they will not
shout it from the rooftops: "Ey man, I am an
illiterate!" They might say things like: "I
forgot my glasses," or "I'll fill this form in
at home," or "My handwriting is ugly, not
readable." All these excuses make it harder
for other people to recognize an illiterate
person because they will avoid having to
write or read at all costs. Furthermore this
subject is kind of a taboo because everybody
goes to school, so everybody should be able
to read and write. An illiterate person might
swiftly come to the conclusion that he or she
is the only one, which confirms their atti-
tude of not talking about it.
Persons who are functionally illiterate do
not have the proper skills to read and write
(and to do arithmetic in a lot of cases) to
become a full-fledged part of this informa-
tion society. They have problems accom-
plishing their own targets and cannot further
develop their knowledge and skills inde-
pendently. This makes them very vulner-
able. They become an easy target of smooth
talkers because they are unable to read even
the 'big print' before they sign. They are
also unable to better themselves through
extra courses, so they are more likely to get
stuck in unfavorable situations.
The causes of functional illiteracy are

different for each individual. You cannot
pinpoint one specific cause. Research has
shown that the following people are vulner-
able to becoming functional illiterate:

* People with general learning and be-
havioral disabilities (like concentration
problems and lack of discipline) or specific
reading and writing disabilities (like dys-
* People who do not have a good com-
mand of a language because they speak a
different language at home from the lan-
guage they have to use at school.
* People who grow up in an environment
deprived of language: no books, newspapers
and magazines; they are not encouraged to
read and write.
* People with a high non-attendance at
school and little education because of ill-
ness, playing truant, dropping out or having
a life of traveling.
* People who do not get sufficient atten-
tion and guidance at school.
* People whose skills have declined.
Where reading, writing and doing sums are
concerned, this motto applies: "Use it or
lose it." If you do not maintain these skills,
you will lose them.

If you check out that list as mentioned
above you will certainly get a clue why so
many Bonaireans are illiterate. First of all,
almost all children speak another language
at home than at school (Papiamentu at
home, Dutch at school) which is a handicap.
Secondly, if you are so unlucky as to have a

learning disability like
dyslexia, you are in trou-
ble here. The facilities to
help you with your prob-
lem are very limited or
even absent. And if you
fall behind in school
because of your prob-
lem, you are more likely
to get less and less atten-
tion for your schoolwork
(and probably more and
more attention due to
your behavior) because
the schools are not ade-
quately equipped to deal
with these children.
Papiamentu is a lan-
guage that was mostly
spoken, not written.
Nowadays, more and
more we find written
proof of existence of the Antillean pe
Of all the 'patois' languages, Papiam
the most active and most printed lang
of the Caribbean region. Clearly that
enough. We need a lot more Papiame
language books, magazines and news
We need an environment where peop
encouraged to read, preferably in the:
language. The children have a right to
to read and write in the language they
When Bonaire becomes a special n
pality of the Netherlands, we will mo
likely lose some things: our florin, sc
laws, some rights and liberties. But v
should not lose Papiamentu, for the s
the children. So, everybody who is al
make a decent sentence in Papiament

FORMA staff at the Study & Job Market

:ople. up your pen (you probably have quite a col-
entu is lection if you visited the Studie- en
3uage Beroepenmarkt), and start writing. Start
is not collecting words, write letters and emails to
-ntu- your family or instructions for your col-
;papers. leagues. And try not to write in SMS style,
)le are but collect as many different words as you
ir own can. When I visit the Studie- en Beroepen-
o learn markt in the future, I want to read a flyer
/ speak. that says: "The percentage
lunici- of functional illiteracy is
*st declining." U
)me Mary Ann Koops
ve Koops teaches Biology at the
ake of SGB High School. Her in-
ble to sightful commentary appears
u. pick regularly in The Reporter.

Pet of The Week

Her name was "Lola" and you can see she may be a dancer.
Such graceful legs and such big ears on Lola. This dancing
must run in the family as her sister, "Lila," a former pet of the week,
loves to do the salsa. Lola has the attractive black and tan coat that
is so easy to care for. She's full of fun and loves to please. With the
proper training she'll become a valued member of the family. As are
all the other pets up for adoption at the Shelter Lola is in perfect
health, having been examined by the vet and given her shots, worm-
ing and tests. You may see her at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road,
open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm. Tel.
717-4989. Website: WWW.AnimalShelterBonaire.com. U L.D.

W hile you're at the Animal Shelter
take a look at the Pet Shop set up in
the Shelter office. There are dog and cat toys,
leashes, collars, pet treats, novelties all sorts
of things for your pet or for pet friends. The
prices are low because everything has been
donated by the good people of Bonaire Talk
and all the proceeds go to keeping our Shelter
open for unwanted dogs and cats. And pick
up a Shelter t-shirt for yourself or as a gift.
U L.D.

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Bonaire Reporter Nov. 21- Dec. 5, 2008

Last month the "Rock 'n Roll Wall of
Fame" was unveiled at Lee's Music
Bar on Bonaire, Kaya Libertador Simon
Bolivar #21.

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 5)

D The Olympic Committee of the
Netherlands Antilles (NAOC) has started
their preparation for the Kingdom
Games 2009 which will take place next
year from July 25 to 31 in Aruba. They in-
clude baseball, softball, soccer, speed
swimming, synchronized swimming, track
& field and taekwondo.

D Ocean shipping containers are a way
of life on Bonaire. Up until now getting
them transported and set up on a new site
required a flatbed truck and a strong crane.
Now Don Andres shipping's Container
Services Bonaire has changed all that by
bringing in a modem hauler that not only
transports the container, but on and off-
loads it as well.

D During this year's cruise ship season
(October 27 to May 6) there will actually
be 133 visits by ships, that's an average
one and a half ships in port per day. The

The Wall is the inspiration of Bert Poyck
who created a panel six meters long display-
ing photographs of Rock 'n Roll artists
from the 50s.

) On Tuesday, November 4th, a
group of 14 Dutch students and four
teachers arrived on Bonaire. These stu-
dents and teachers are part of the
"Thrill Project" set up in connection
with Bonaire's Stichting Project.
The group came to Bonaire for three
weeks to help build a professional green-
house at the Stichting Project location.
They also helped to renovate the garden
of Stichting Project's restaurant "De Bo-
Before coming to Bonaire the Dutch
students raised all of the money for this
project themselves.
The students are from different Dutch
schools: (HBO Windesheim Zwolle,
MBO Landstede Harderwijk, VMBO ISG

top visiting months are December with 29
visits, February with 30 visits and March
with 28 visits. During November there are
12 visits; in January, 19 visits; April, 13
visits. October and May have only one each.
Last season there were 97 visits.

I In cooperation with the CKB (Small
Business Development) whichnow organ-
izes the cruise ship Market, the NGO Plat-
form has received a permit for a stand,
which according to the custom and ideals
of the organization, is shared with the
NGOs who would like to participate.
Regular cruise market permits are for an
entire season, but many NGOs on Bonaire
are small and don't have enough manpower
Sand products to be there every day during
the almost six-month-long season. Thanks
to this initiative of the NGO Platform they
can now choose days that fit their schedule.
SThe NGO Platform provides the table,
tent, collection can, cashbox, etc., plus help
with the preparations such as making fold-
ers, posters, pricelists, nametags, etc.
I The first group to participate was the Bon-
aire Barracudas Aquatics Club, who sold
fresh juice and milkshakes several days to
raise funds for their talented young swim-
mers. Other participants you will find at the
NGO Stand in November are the SGB High
School, FKPD, Jong Bonaire and the Sticht-
ing Project.

Bert, who has lived on Bonaire for over
nine years, grew up in the Rock 'n Roll
era. He played guitar in various bands and
thus he was inspired to decorate Lee's
establishment in the decor of the music
era that rocked his soul! Lee, owner of the
Music Bar, is just as much a Rock 'n Roll
fan as Bert is. Bert's initial idea was to
paint the portraits of famous Rock 'n Roll
artists on the wall of the bar like Elvis
Presley, Buddy Holly, and The Everly
Brothers. But he realized that he would
shortchange so many other great artists
like Bill Haley, Fats Domino, Jerry lee
Lewis the list is long. So he decided the
wall should display all the artists who had
major hits in the 50s. After searching the
intemet, he found 43 artists eligible for a
place on the Wall of Fame. Five panels
with a total length of six meters trans-
formed this Wall along with 43 vinyl LP
records with their original covers. The
date of every first hit is mentioned as well
as eight of the 43 artists who achieved a
Golden Hit.
Their influence reaches far beyond the
50s into our present time. Guitar brands
like the Fender and the Gibson, which
were instrumental marvels in the Rock 'n
Roll era, are prominently displayed as

Arcus Lelystad) and
worked together on
with Stichting Project's
Of course there was
an exchange of cultures
with a full entertain-
ment program with
different excursions
and trips for the stu-
dents to learn about
Bonaire and its culture.
We wish to thank this
unique initiative, the
"Thrill Project," for all
their hard work with us
on Bonaire. EStory &
photo by Mick Schmit

Support them with a
visit. The NGO Stand is # 27, opposite the
Lions Club Time Capsule. (by Annemarie
KlOne, NGO Platform)

Bonaire resi- I OLORS BNAIR
dents Dos and
Bertie Winkel
will present their
new book, Col-
ors of Bonaire,
at a slideshow
and book sign-
ing at Addo's
Bookstore Bonaire (Books & Toys) on Sun-
day, November 30, at Kaya Grandi 36. Pres-
entation in English at 2 pm, in Dutch at 4

D For the technically-minded things
continue to improve on Bonaire. City
Shop is the official dealer for several high
tech companies like LG and HP. That
means they carry spare parts that once were
only available from the US or Europe. If
you need something for your computer or
appliance check them out.

The Reporter has been testing MIO's
new Internet service. It requires only a
card that plugs into a computer's USB port.
No external antenna or router are needed.

This remarkable initiative is a tribute to all
the men and women who contributed to the
glory days of Rock 'n Roll. Lee's Music
Bar is THE place to listen to the "golden
oldies" and watch the performers on the
Wall of Fame. Once a month Lee's Music
Bar dedicates the whole evening to the mu-
sic of this great era, and the place ROCKS!

Story & photo by Bert Poyck translator:
Louise Rood


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Check the pages of an upcoming issue of
The Reporter for the public announcement.

D Want to have your nails done by a
gifted stylist? Then visit Zebranailz in Tera
Cora. Have Maryanne use her skills to give
you an outstanding manicure or pedicure.
See her ad on page 2.

Sanikolas and his helpers,
Zwartepieten, arrive by boat on Satur-
day, November 29, at 9:30 am at Town
Pier. A parade follows to Wilhelmina Park
and you'll see nearly every child from Bon-
aire there. Children's games and activities
begin at 8 am at the Park. Photo ops galore!
The excitement begins Wednesday, No-
vember 19 at 7 pm on BOTV when a 15-
minute program hosted by Yfifrou Ketty
will be all about Sanikolas and the
Zwartepieten. The programs will be every
day until December 2. The program is spon-
sored by the Fundashon Ata Sanbikolas I
Zwartepiet (FASIZ).

D Remember, it's our faithful adver-
tisers that enable us to bring The Reporter
to you and "It's Still Free!" Be sure and
visit them and say, "The Reporter sent me."
SG./L. D.

Bonaire Reporter Nov. 21- Dec. 5, 2008

Lee and Bert in front of the Rock 'n Roll Wall of Fame

Page 9

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author PART

T wo years ago, in November 2006,
the Divi Resorts made known its
plans for the construction of the new Divi
Sunset Hotel on Bonaire. One year ago,
the Hilton Hotel Corporation's press re-
lease informed us about the groundbreak-
ing on the Hilton Bonaire Resort & Spa.
The government of Bonaire, having an
erroneous fixed idea that the construction
of big hotels is indispensable for the de-
velopment of our island, has been enthusi-
astic about these two large projects. The
local politicians and, unfortunately, also a
part of the island's population have not
realized that the construction of big hotels
will bring many more problems than bene-
fits to Bonaire. Because there is not
enough local labor, practically all workers
necessary for the construction and opera-
tion of these hotels must be brought from
abroad. Besides other problems, the influx
of foreigners will cause an increased pres-
sure on infrastructure, housing, schools
and medical facilities.

What is the situation now, practically at
the end of 2008? Although a big sign on
the site of the Divi Sunset Hotel still an-
nounces that the hotel will be completed
next year and the Hilton Hotel planned its
opening for 2010, the fact is that the con-
struction of neither of the hotels has be-
gun. It is certainly a big disappointment
for the local politicians. What have been
the reasons for an unexpected postpone-
ment of these projects? Let us try to find
an answer to this important question tak-
ing into consideration the problems which
the developers of both hotels have been
From 2006, when the Divi Resorts made
known its plans for the Divi Sunset Hotel,
absolutely nothing happened on the site
during the whole of 2007 although Divi
Resorts announced that the sale of the new
condos would begin in the second quarter
of this year. The reason was that priority
was given to Aruba where Divi Resorts
was simultaneously completing several
large projects, among them the Divi Aruba
Phoenix Beach Resort. In the first months
of 2008 just when we thought that there
would be no Divi Sunset Hotel, the devel-
oper surprised us by placing a big sign at
the site. A low wall was built along the
road and after an effort of several months
a monstrous temporary structure was
erected, consisting of a long row of steel
arches, covered with white canvas. This
huge canvas Quonset hut, which remarka-
bly survived the winds of Omar without
any apparent damage, has enough space
for two tennis courts. However, as we
heard, unfortunately for tennis fans, the
huge hut will serve to promote the sale of
the condos which will be built on the large

area between the hotel and the coastline.
The hotel itself is planned to occupy a
relatively small part of the total site.

Several model apartments are to be built
inside the hall. As during the whole year
2007, no activities have been started dur-
ing this year on behalf of the proper hotel
construction, and the site looks exactly
like it did two years ago. Starting the
whole hotel project by building a gigantic
temporary structure seems to me not to be
the most economical solution. At this mo-
ment, there are no signs that construction
of the Divi Sunset Hotel site will start
soon. Anyway, in the future the big hall
can always be transformed into an indoor
tennis center, the only one on the whole

In 2006, I gave the Divi Sunset Hotel
project manager advice to start the hotel
project with the reconstruction of the ex-
isting devastated beach because it is, in my
opinion, the bottleneck of the whole devel-
opment. As I have emphasized in several
articles about this topic, there is a real
danger that the local environmental groups
will block the beach reconstruction the
moment the first cubic meter of the expen-
sive sea sand, brought from another island
or from Venezuela, is dumped in the wa-
ter. It already happened more than 10
years ago in Curagao where the govern-
ment had to pay an enormous amount in
damages to the developer of a new
Marichi hotel which was planned to be
constructed at the future beach, exactly
like in our case on Bonaire. The hotel was
never built in spite of all permits given to
the developer by the government because
a luxurious oceanfront hotel without a
beach is a bad investment. And it hap-
pened on Curagao, where the coral reef is
not the main asset of the island like on
Bonaire. There is no doubt that sedimenta-
tion of fine sand particles on the coral sur-
face can lead to the death of the coral. I
would recommend to the project manager
of the Divi Sunset Hotel and to all inter-
ested parties to read the extensive article
about the environmental monitoring and
management of sand placing works close
to coral reefs, written by Stephanie M.
Door-Groen, and published in the scien-
tific magazine "Terra etAqua" in Septem-
ber 2007. U Jiri Lausman

Jiri Lausman is a developer with world-
wide experience, especially in Aruba. He
resides on Bonaire.

Part 2- In the next issue of The Reporter
read about the apparent demise of Bon-
aire's Hilton Hotel Project.

part ciee
of the pro-
gram at the
CIEE Re- -
search Sta-
tion, stu- bonaire
dents are
required to Rel po
conduct original research on ma-
rine ecology during their semester
abroad studies here in Bonaire.
Bonaire has been receptive to
the student projects and several
have benefitted from their collaborations
with the Bonaire National Marine Park, and
the Yellow Sub dive shop. Three students
are currently using data provided by the
Light and Motion Sensor Program led by
Albert Bianculli. Ramon de Leon, Manager
of the Bonaire National Marine Park, and
Frank van der Slobbe of DROB reviewed
and granted approval for the research pro-
jects taking place in the Park, and the Ma-
rine Park donated a boat for collecting larval
fish at Lac Cai.
The following is a list of students partici-
pating in the present semester program and
the title of their presentations:
*Chris Savage (George Fox University)
Good fences make good neighbors: Habi-
tat partitioning by spiny head and secre-
tary blennies.
*Lauren Pacheco (University of Colorado
at Boulder) Invading is not always bad: A
study of facilitation of native species by
the invasive orange cup coral.
*Lauren Van Thiel (University of South
Carolina) To eat or be eaten: Consumer
induced behavior in variegated feather
duster worms.
*Annemarie Rini (Beloit College) Is #2

the #1 problem in Bonaire? An examina-
tion of fecal contamination and sedimen-
tation from runoff on Bonaire.
*Chiu Cheng (Moravian College) Can
native species on Bonaire's reefs resist
the settlement of orange cup coral?
*Amanda Parra (University of La Verne)
Is larval fish diversity connected to eco-
system level diversity? A case study in
*Kara Kozak (Simmons College) Fall
2008: Case history of the eel die off on
the reefs of Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
*Christina Wickman (University of Ore-
gon) Using an index of light and
temperature to predict areas of coral
bleaching at different dive sites in Bonaire.

On Wednesday, November 26, the stu-
dents will present the results of their re-
search projects at 7 pm and the public is
welcome. It's at the CIEE Research Station,
Gobernador N. Debrot #21. Each of the
eight presentations will last about 10 min-
utes followed by a brief question and answer
session. Refreshments will be provided. U
Story & photo by Dr. Rita Peachey, CIEE

Bonaire Reporter Nov. 21- Dec. 5, 2008

Page 10

Sewage Awareness Bubbles

W while it may be hot news on the
Internet and on the pages of The
Reporter, up until now most Bonaireans
took little notice of the fact that the dis-
charge of wastewater into the shoreline area
had reached a critical stage and, according
to the Manager of the Bonaire National Ma-
rine Park, must be stopped. If it is allowed
to continue Bonaire's reefs could diminish
in a just a few years.
Commissioner Anthony Nicolaas, Bon-
aire's top official on the environment, is-
sued a strong statement (see Papiamentu
language inset) that was published in the
local press, explaining the situation and de-
scribing the government supported plan to Commissioner Nicolaas
contain the problem until
Bonaire's municipal sew- E
age system and treatment
plant is completed in six ComR
years. O R ,,T
The plan is to use tank .......
trucks to remove the sew- -"go
age from resorts, restau- ,o,
rants and homes in the
coastal zone (200-500m.
from the sea) and take it to ,4
a "temporary" inland wa- ~,a,,
ter treatment facility capa-
ble of processing about uLIoA .-
400 m3 (100,000 gallons) nam
400 m (100,000 gallons) Containerized Treatment plant
of the wastewater a day
(150,000 m3 annually).
The requirement is based on the usage of fresh water of the coastal resorts. Details of
requirements and action plan were published in The Reporter previously.
The challenge is to find the 850 thousand to realize this plan in time to save the
reef. And now many more Bonaireans know why it's vital. 0 G.D. 4444

Barracudas Get Ready
T he Barracuda swimmers are
training really hard, prepar-
ing for an international competi-
tion in Santo Domingo ( "Delfines
del Naco" ) at the end of Novem-
ber and for the Nationals at the
beginning of December. Because
of this clinics have been organized
with trainers from Aruba to help
increase our swimmers' skills.
From October 24-26 the Barra-
cudas were in Aruba in the 7th
Aruba Dolphin Invitational 2008
where the team placed third out of
seven teams. In each of the races
the Barracudas were always in the ee aat
first eight places. Barracuda
Ryda -Luz Emer Bronze
400m freestyle stroke/ Bronze 100m breaststroke
Mikel Schreuders Gold 50m breast- Alejandro de Lima Bronze 50m
stroke / Silver 50m backstroke / Silver backstroke / Bronze 50m freestyle /
100m backstroke / Silver 100 breast- Bronze 200m breaststroke
stroke / Bronze 50m butterfly / Bronze Asdrubal Marcano Silver 50m breast-
50m freestyle / Bronze 100m freestyle / stroke / Bronze 200m butterfly / Bronze
Bronze 100m butterfly / Bronze 200m 100m breaststroke
IM / Bronze 200m freestyle Sue-Ellen Richardson -
Kaile Finies Silver 50m breaststroke / Bronze 100m breaststroke
Silver 100m breaststroke Diorella Cicilia Bronze 200m freestyle
Tirzah Richards -Silver 50m back- Team Relay Silver 200m medley
stroke / Bronze 50m breaststroke / (Boys) / Silver 200m freestyle (Boys) U
Bronze 50m freestyle / Bronze 100m back- LuisaMarcano

Kralendijk Kolegio ehekutivo resientemente, riba proposishon di diputado
enkarga ku maneho di medioambiente i naturalesa mr. Anthony Nicolaas, a bai
di akuerdo ku e asina yamA Plan di akshon pa awa sushi Boneiru (Actieplan
afvalwater Bonaire). For di e plan di akshon aki ta sali na kla ku tin mas
nutriente den e laman rond6 di Boneiru ku ta sali pa nos koralnan. E
nutrientenan ta bin di nos awa sushi. Koralnan mester di un ambiente ku ta
pober na nutriente. E plan di akshon ta propon6 pa saka kantidat grandi di
awa sushi for di e zona di kosta i na nurifika esaki den un instalashon di -

Kaya Dorado 12

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Phone (599) 717 4686 www.caribbeanhomesbonaire.com Kaya Isla Riba

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clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
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directory information go to http://

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making a US tax deductible donation visit
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call Louise 717- 7021 or

CLASSES in silversmith-
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Louise at 717-7021 or 700

Learning Papiamentu? New Papia-
mentu-English Dictionary 2nd Edition
Fully bilingual. Approx. 20,000 words
and phrases. Sold as a fundraiser for
Jong Bonaire. Now available at book-
stores in the ABC Islands or

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Tuesday till Saturday:1-5 pm
Tel: 717-5215


For Sale: 2nd hand, 2 panel white colonial
style sliding door. Please call anytime at
780 7585.

Wanted: rental house (one year), from
end December 2008/beginning January
2009, 2/3 bedrooms, fenced garden, good
neighborhood, Contact: 09 522-8976 / 717-

For rent apartment / small luxe. house
850,--/1250,--p.m. Long Term, no pets,
max 2 persons. Full furnished, internet,
linen at Hato. Possibility to rent a pick-up/
dive materials with it. Call 717 2529

For sale: Seaside property downtown
Kralendijk. Prime Location. 600 square
meters long-lease land. Private parking.
Suitable for construction of a spacious
condo or small hotel. Serious inquiries only
please. Tel. 717-3015

For sale: Spacious, newly renovated
house downtown Kralendijk. 988 square
meters long-lease land. 214 square meters
built on. Kaya Industria # 2 opposite Divi
Flamingo Beach hotel. Serious inquiries
only please. Tel. 717-3015

FOR SALE: Brand New (ess than 100
pages printed) HP ColorLaserJet 3600.
NAf 875. City Shop price is NAf. 1195
plus OB. 717-0146 or 795-0113.

For sale- Superior Dutch Bikkel Bikes
(Ladies models) Closeout on ex-rental mod-
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equipped. From NAf 500-800. At DeFree-
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As you have read in previous editions of
The Reporter, WEB, Bonaire's electric
power provider, is upgrading their generat-
ing systems. Their primary source will be
diesel powered generators with a total
capacity of 14 megaWatts of power which
is sufficient to service the entire island's
peak load of 12 MW. There will also be 3
MW of backup diesel units (just in case)
and 11 MW of wind powered generators to
replace the diesel units when the wind is
blowing. Maximum capacity will be 28
MW on a windy day. This sounds like a
lot, about 280,000 light bulbs, but what
have we to compare it to? We are all fa-
miliar with cruise ships or soon will be
now that cruise ship season has started.
Let's compare WEB with a cruise ship.
Queen Mary 2, which has stopped in Bon-
aire, is one of the world's largest. She has
an electrical generating capacity of an
amazing 118 MW, almost 10 times that
required for all of Bonaire! The majority is
used for propulsion, but the drives are
diesel/electric so that electricity is used for
the propulsion engines. Speaking of the
engines she has four of them at 20 MW
(about 27,000 HP) each. It would take
almost all of WEB's capacity just to turn
one at full power. Web Burrfish


QM 2 ---- .
now-M l"

Dear Editor:
It certainly would be nice if the government paid for a guard to protect citizens at
night much like the government pays for a guard to keep citizens from driving down
their own roads when a cruise ship is in.
One angry citizen.





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BES Islands' Finances OK, but..
he Board of Financial Supervision (Collegefinancieel toezicht Cft) during its
press conference last Tuesday said it was moderately satisfied with the progress the
BES islands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba) are making with regard to their budgets
and financial management. The Board visited the islands for the fourth and last time this
year and conferred with the executive councils and the island councils. "There are cer-
tainly improvements," Cft president Hans Weitenberg. "We want to be clear about that.
And there should be more attention for a systematical improvement of the quality in the
execution." Financial supervision is a necessary requirement for integration of the BES
Islands into The Netherlands.
There are many reasons why the Board is not totally satisfied. One of the main issues is
the lack of sufficient qualified man power. Also time had to be invested in catching up on
the backlog, for example in the financial statements. Furthermore the recovery from the
damages caused by the tropical storm and hurricane Omar also required much attention
from the governments of the island territories. The president hopes the new financial sys-
tem will be operational on all islands by January 1st, 2009. 'We are talking about an inte-
grated system, covering the whole budget process. This system will not only make the
work a lot easier, but it will also supply comprehensive data in a timely manner. This
should make the process a lot more time efficient since up to now much time is invested in Cft President Hans Weitenberg
the gathering of information from various sources." President Weitenberg further re- ---
marked that the intentions of the personnel are good. "They are absolutely cooperative, and there is a lot of intensive contact be-
tween Cft employees and the people who carry the responsibilities on the islands. Furthermore, concrete results have been
achieved." 0 Cft Information release & photo

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'Dreams ofBonaire' Exhibition Opens
I -

An exhibition of dramatic, life-size,
limited edition photographs entitled
"Dreams of Bonaire" will be available for
viewing at Kas di Arte from December 2 -16.
The photographs feature the winners of the
"What is your ambition?" essay contest held
at Jong Bonaire. Each of the winners was
then photographed dressed as their career
ambition in beautiful Bonairean settings.
In addition to the 12 teen photos, the exhi-
bition includes over 30 large images of Bon-
aire landscapes, nature and underwater
scenes. The photos are printed on canvas in
sizes from one meter square, to 50 cm2 and
30 cm2. Photographer Bart Landheer says he
prefers the large square format because the
eye can easily circle and take in the entire
image. "I feel it is more pleasing to the eye
than the usual rectangular shape," he adds.
Landheer and his wife Jacqueline started
the massive project last year when they pho-
tographed the winners of the essay contest
for the "Dreams of the Kids of Jong Bonaire"
calendar, which is on sale now in most stores
on the island. All the photos in the exhibit
are for sale and any income over the cost of
production will go to Jong Bonaire. They
were printed in Holland on canvas using a
large format Epson printer with archival inks
designed to last 80 years. They have also
been specially sprayed to protect the image
in the Bonaire environment. "We like to print
the photos ourselves so that we can control
every step of the process," said Jacqueline.
"The result you see is exactly what the pho-
tographer intended."
The photo exhibit features some favorite
Bonaire locations as well as some images
that many people have not seen. The photog-
raphers have captured the colors and special
light in each location and the extra large for-
mat makes the viewer feels like he is part of
the scene.
The show will be open each day during the
first two weeks of December at Kas di Arte,
which is located on the waterfront, north of
Bonaire Nautico and It Rains Fishes. Bart
and Jacqueline Landheer will be available to
discuss the works and arrange for any sales.
Should viewers prefer a different size or
would like to have one shipped to Holland or
the US, this can be arranged as well. How-

Bonaire Reporter Donates Dictionares

T he Bonaire Reporter, the
island's English language
newspaper, has joined a number of
other local businesses to help pro-
vide Papiamentu-English Diction-
aries to local schools and the pub-
lic library.
The donation is part of the Jong
Bonaire School Dictionary Dona-
tion program and helps move Jong
Bonaire closer to the 500 needed to
receive a $20,000 matching grant
from an anonymous donor in the
"We have had excellent support
from the business community on
all three of the ABC Islands for
this Dictionaries for Schools ef-
fort," said Rene Hakkenberg,
president of the Jong Bonaire
board, "but we still need to have
about 30 more school dictionaries
donated to qualify for the extra grant."

Johaila Sint Jago with Reporter Editor
Laura DeSalvo

S "As a business that depends on words, we know how valuable a good dictionary
is," said George DeSalvo, publisher of The Bonaire Reporter, when making the do-
nation to the Bonaire Library. "The dictionary will let people do a better job of com-
municating their ideas."
Any organization or individual who would like to contribute dictionaries can con-
tact Jong Bonaire via e-mail (schools@papiamentudictionary.com), or from the web-
S.site www.PapiamentuDictionary.com or by phone +599-717-4303 Ext. 12 (weekday
ever, only five copies of any print will ever
ever, only five copis of ay pt will afternoons). The youth organization obtained rights to reprint the popular dictionary
be sold. Those who purchase the large pho-
tbe sold. Those wo purchase hes lrge pho- by Betty Ratzlaff-Henriquez as a fundraising effort. The dictionary is also available
tos will also receive an exclusive signed copy
of Landheer's photo book. U Jong Bonaire in bookstores on Curaao, Bonaire and Aruba and on line at
Press Release www.papiamentudictionary.com. Jong Bonaire Press Release

Dictionary Donations near goal

ust 34 more dictionary
donations to schools are
needed for Jong Bonaire to
reach the 500 mark and make
it eligible for a matching grant
of $20,000 from an anony-
mous donor in the US. Donors
on Bonaire, Curagao and
Aruba have so far purchased
466 dictionaries for schools on
the ABC islands.
"We are asking companies of
all sizes and individuals to
help us reach this goal before
the end of the year," said Rene
Hakkenberg, voorzitter of
Stichting Jeugdwerk Jong
Bonaire. "If we can find just a
few more donors of 5 or 10
books each, we can reach this
The School Dictionary Do-
nation program was estab-
lished to get the popular Papia-
mentu-English Dictionary, by
Betty Ratzlaff Henriquez, into
as many schools as possible.
Donors purchase the dictionar-
ies for schools for ANG 63
each (including OB), which is
a 25% discount from the retail
"We really want to meet this
goal so we can get the match-
ing grant, but we also have
more schools who have con-
tacted us to be part of the pro-
gram," said Hakkenberg. "The
schools want and need this
valuable reference book. We
have also had several local
schools request more of the

dictionaries so each classroom
has a copy."
"Many of our schools today
have a hard time financially
and do not have the resources
to buy these sorts of books.
Many families can't afford the
books either," said Hakken-
berg. "If socially responsible
organizations and individuals
join this School Dictionary
Program, we can get these
resources into the hands of the
students who need them. And
this way both the schools and
Jong Bonaire benefit from the
Jong Bonaire obtained the
right to reprint the dictionary
earlier this year from Trans
World Radio as a fund-raising
project. "This dictionary and
also the 2009 calendar we are
selling are even more impor-
tant to Jong Bonaire because
the economic crisis makes it
difficult to get donations," said
Every time a dictionary is
purchased, income goes to
Stichting Jeugdwerk Jong
Bonaire to help support the
after school program for teens
on Bonaire. A part of the in-
come will also go toward fu-
ture reprinting of the diction-
ary so it will never go out of
print again.
Maduro & Curiels Bank
Bonaire, one of the largest
donors of dictionaries to the
schools, has donated 65 books

because, according to Evert
Piar, General Manager, MCB
Bonaire, "It is vital that our
workforce has a good com-
mand of the English language.
Good spelling and the correct
use of words shows our poten-
tial visitors and customers that
Bonaire is ready to deal with
them on a professional level.
In order to be able to do this,
we must start in our class-
rooms and this dictionary
should help," Piar added.
In Curagao VIP Sports do-
nated 100 books to several
schools. "As a major Internet
company based in Curagao, we
know how important it is for
our employees to have a good
command of the English lan-
guage," said Alistair Assheton,
CEO of VIP Sports. "Since so
much of our business is con-
ducted over the telephone with
English speakers, one of the
key requirements is a good
understanding of that lan-
guage," he said.
Other major donors so far
include KPMG Curagao,
RBTT Bank Bonaire, Capt.
Don's Habitat, RE/MAX Para-
dise Homes, Rocargo, Sunbelt
Realty, Digicel and Caribbean
Any organization or individ-
ual who would like to contrib-
ute dictionaries and help Jong
Bonaire reach the 500 donation
goal can contact Jong Bonaire
via e-mail:

y.com, or via the website
om or by phone +599-717-
4303 Ext. 12 weekday after-
The dictionary can be found
in most major bookstores and
other retail outlets on Bonaire,
Curagao and Aruba where it
has been selling very well on
all three islands and on the
website. In addition to sales in
Curagao, Bonaire and Aruba,
orders on the website have
come from the US, Canada,
the Netherlands and even Swit-
zerland and France.
Trans World Radio first pub-
lished the Papiamentu-English
Dictionary, by Betty Ratzlaff-
Henriquez, in 1992 with a sec-
ond printing in 1995. How-
ever, it had been out-of-print
for almost five years, in spite
of constant demand. The new
edition has over 100 additional
words that were not included
in the first two printings.
There is also a new section
added to the book that explains
some of the key differences
between the Papiamentu of
Aruba and that of Bonaire and
Curagao. The author's biogra-
phy has also been updated and
information about the new
sponsor, Jong Bonaire, is also
included in this revision. 0
Jong Bonaire PressRelease

Bonaire Reporter Nov. 21- Dec. 5, 2008

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SThurs. November 27
Thanksgiving 2008



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Seafood chowder
Homemade corn bread
Homemade assorted bread
CMarinated sweet potato, corn, apple and
roasted walnut salad
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Crudites mix
The Main Courses
Whole roasted turkey served with three
kinds of stuffing.
-Classic American
-Classic Ground beef
-Rum Runners style
Oven roasted ham with a
Smaple, garlic & bourbon glaze.
On the side
Sauteed Cauliflower, Broccoli and Carrot
Green veggie casserole with
bacon bits and red onions
Cranberry & apple relish
SCranberry sauce
House style gravy
Mashed potatoes with fresh garlic
and parsley
Candied yams
Q( Pumpkin pie
Sweet potato cakes
Pecan Pie
Fresh fruit salad
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Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-
8489, 540-9800.
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the eve-
ning hours.
* Rincon Marsh--6 am-2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music. Big
March first Saturday of the
* Flea Market at Parke Publico
every first Saturday of the month, 3
to 7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy
and to sell. NAf5 per selling table.
More information and reservations for
a spot call 787-0466
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in
time. Learn about the history, culture
and nature by Bonaireans from Rin-
con. Call Maria Koeks for more infor-
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
* Flamingo Rockers at
"Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant,
Harbour Village Marina. HH drinks,
gratis tapas, 5-7 pm
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per per-
son. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225


Sunday- Creature Feature- John
and Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital
photo center present a multimedia
slide presentation about Buddy's
House Reef pool bar Buddy Dive,
6:30-7 pm, 717-5080
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st &
3rd Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 6:30
Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and
Ocean presentation by Fish-Eye Photo
staff, 7pm on the big screen inside the
Sunset Bar and Grill at Den Laman
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show, every 2nd &
4th Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's
Carib Inn (717-8819) at 6:30pm.


Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has
been restored and furnished so it appears the
family has just stepped out. Local ladies will
tell you the story. Open Monday thm Fri-
day, 9-12, 2-4. Weekends by appointment
Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Einoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn

about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17thcentuy. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017


AA meetings every Wednesday at
7pm; every Sunday at 5pm. Phone:
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30
pm call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7.30
pm) All levels, NAf2,50. Call Joop
717-5903 for venue.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day at City Caf6. Registration at 4,
games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month
- Junior Chamber International Bon-
aire (JCI Bonaire, formerly known as
Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO
building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is wel-
come. Contact: Renata Domacass6
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other
Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595,
Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above
ZeeZicht Restaurant. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Toastmasters Club meets every
two weeks. For more information call
Crusita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia
Martinez Beck, at 786-2953.


Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In
Papiamentu, Dutch, English, Sundays,
10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meet-
ings, Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English
at 9 am; Sunday evening prayer meet-
ing at Pastor's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6
to 8 pm, Light & Life Club, children 5
to 12 yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services, Sunday at 8 am and
7 pm in Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol,
Saturday at 6 pm in English. Mass in

Bonaire Reporter Nov. 21- Dec. 5, 2008



From Bonaire Nautico Marina



Catamaran Kantika di Amor
Trips daily via resorts at 10 am, 12, 2 pm
Except Sunday at 10 am only

Tie up dockside
for $7/day +-tax
Water/115/220V & Cable TV
Dinghy tie-up at north-inside dock
US$10 weekly from Saturday to
Saturday. Pay at Kantika di Amor
water taxi daily 10 am, 12, 2 pm.
Sundays 10 am only.
Your boat name will be recorded.
At It Rains Fishes Restaurant
Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399
www.bonairenauticomarina /HF 68

Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di
Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bon-
aire Youth Center in English, Dutch and
Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel.
Contact: 786-2557.
Prayer and Intercession Church,
in English. A full Gospel Church
located temporarily at Kaya Alexan-
drit # 20, Santa Barbara, Republiek.
Services are held on Sunday mornings
from 10am until 11:30am. Bible stud-
ies in English are on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26,
Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20
Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/
PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon
Visitors Welcome: 701-9522 for In-

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel:790-6518, 786-6125
or 790-8988

Kingdom Day
n 1995 "Antillean
Day" (Antillendag), the 21st of Octo-
ber, was made an official public holiday in
the Netherlands Antilles as a result of ref-
erenda held in 1993 and 1994 in which the
population of the Island Territories ex-* *
pressed their wish and willingness to re-
main as one entity. Antillean Day was
celebrated annually on 21st of October. In
Bonaire it never "caught on" and except for official com-
memoration it was just another day off.
Now, because of changes in the political structure of the
Netherlands Antilles the concept of the Dutch Antilles as
an integrated country will disappear. In these referenda
held during 2000-2005, the island populations expressed
the wish to secede from the Netherlands Antilles, but to
remain, each in his own way, a part of the Kingdom of the
Consequently it was decided to introduce a new public
holiday denoted as Koninkrijksdag, Dia di Reino or King-
dom Day instead of Antillean Day.

Dominican Atlantic
Republic Virgin an
Puerto Id. Anguil Ocean
Rico Sint Maarten
Saba_ -Barbuda
St Eustatius Antigua
St. Ktis and Nevis
Netherlands Antilles Gdel
125 mi Caribbean a
Sea Mar*nique
125 km St.Luca.
St Vincent
Aruba Curacao and the
(r/ ;' Grendines
c7' d Grenada
N Ishla de
Bonaire Margata
Venezuela Trinidad

It is the intention that on Kingdom Day the various cul-
tural aspects of the population of the Island Territories be-
longing to the Netherlands Antilles, as well as the popula-
tion of the other Kingdom partners, Aruba and the Nether-

lands will be brought to the fore. Then more attention can
be devoted to one's own cultural identity, but also to the
many things we possess and share even after the disintegra-
tion of the Netherlands Antilles.
It has been decided to celebrate Kingdom Day on the 15th
of December because Kingdom Day was celebrated for-
merly as a public holiday on Decemberl5th, namely after
the acceptance of the Statute in 1954. Due to the desire of
each Island Territory to celebrate their own public holiday
(the day of the Flag) this former celebrated Kingdom Day
was abolished in the middle of the 80s.
Antillean Day (21st of October) has been replaced as a
public holiday by the introduction of Kingdom Day,
which will be celebrated henceforth on December 15th.
Therefore, the introduction of the Kingdom Day is not an
extra financial burden for the employer, and for the em-
ployee it is not an additional free day per year. With this
replacement the Minister of Economic and Labor Affairs
wants to indicate that cultural, economical and labor as-
pects go together. The employer has to take into considera-
tion that the employee has the right to compensation if he/
she works on a public holiday. U
Minister of Economic and Labor Affairs, Ing. Elvis Tjin


Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.

City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
lection of large and small home appliances, furniture,
TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and
in-store financing too.

Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.

Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
facial waxing.

De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Profes-
sional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells
top brand bikes. Have your keys made here.

Mio offers by far the clearest, most phone reliable sig-
nal on the island. And their personnel are trained and
friendly. Check out their unlimited calling plan.

De Bonairiaan Restaurant-is a unique restaurant run
by the students of the Stitchting Project with their advi-
sors. Each day a different menu.
Kaya J. A. Abraham Blvd., #21
(nearly across from Divi Resort)
717-6921, 786-6816
Inexpensive: Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9 am-2 pm for Breakfast, Coffee and Lunch

Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared piz-
zas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat
in or take away. Nice bar too.
On Kaya Gob. Debrot
/2 mile north of town center. 780-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out

Philips Cooking and Organizing is your personal
chef for Private Dinners, Catering, Party Snacks and
Wedding Services. Let Philip do it all
www.philipscooking.com call 701-1100

Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.

Bonaire Reporter Nov. 21- Dec. 5, 2008

WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at City
Caf6, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apartments.

ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation above
and below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire's
top videographer

Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.

Top Health Bonaire Fitness and Health Center
Modem workout rooms and machines, professional
trainers and low prices make it easy to lose weight and
get fit.

Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it
and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemi-
cals. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.

RSA, Royal Sun & Alliance is your one-stop shop for
all your insurance needs: auto, home, boat and personal
liability. Top notch service assured.

Professional Pest Control. Call Peter to get rid of all
those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants that
want to invade your home. Call now and save your
investment in your home.

Sunshine Pool Care is "All About Pools and Spas" -
Building them, caring for them, providing service, sup-
plies and equipment.

Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center
downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides,
items and services. Full digital services.

Bonaire Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local
touch. Ask them to show you the good value homes
they list. Call them if you are thinking of selling your

Bonaire Partners-Rental and Property management
specialists. If you have a place to rent call them

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.

Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of choices in real es-
tate-Interational/US connections. 5% of profits do-

nated to local community. List with them to sell fast.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.

Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful service, free
gift wrap.

The Salt Shop offers uniquely special Bonaire sea-salt
crystals at its shop in The Rochaline and also at Best
Buddies and the airport shop.

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. What would we do without their superb ser-

The Island Supplier (TIS)-Enjoy shopping the
"Caribbean Way' fresh, open air feeling with rea-
sonably priced produce, frozen meats, canned goods,
wide selection of beverages and juices. Good rum se-

Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selec-
tion and lowest prices on the island.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
Bonaire with built-in ramp

Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from
around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free
delivery. Shop at Kaya Industria 23, Monday-Saturday
9 am-12 noon.

Fortnightly Advertisers in The Bonaire Reporter are
included in the guides. Free!

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Study and Job
T his year's Fifth Annual Study and Job
Fair was an opportunity for all
youngsters and their families to see what
their future could be. How very fortunate
that such a fair exists for young people to be
able to see for themselves what a grand se-
lection there is from which to choose.
Do you want to be a banker, a nurse, a
fireman, find a school of higher education?
This is your chance. The rooms and patios of
Jong Bonaire thronged with people eager to
get information from the exhibitors. This
year there were 42 exhibits and personnel to
talk about their subject, to answer questions
and especially to show their enthusiasm.
There were representatives from banks, the
police and fire departments, the Coast
Guard, insurance companies, phone compa-
nies, STINAPA, the high school, TCB,
WEB, Kooyman's, FORMA, the Stichting
Project, the FKPD (disabled), the hospital
and a hotel. From Aruba came representa-
tives from the University there and the EPI
(professional intermediate education). Hol-
land sent people from universities and other
advanced learning institutions. From Cura-
9ao there were schools, the University of the
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, the FPI
(Fundashon Planifikashon di Idioma) and

This amazing fair was put together by the
Ban Boneiru Bek Foundation. They deserve
a big thank you. 0 L.D.

Fair Success

Signing up at the entrance to Jong Bonaire

Or working
for a bank?

Bubbles from the Biologist

S Did You Know...
that seahorses are under threat from human activi-
ties and are on the CITES (Convention on Inter-
national Trade of Endangered Species) list?
More than 20 million seahorses annually are dried
and ground up each year to cure ailments includ-
ing asthma and thyroid problems in countries
such as China, Korea and Japan. Approximately
1 million per year are caught and left to die in the
scorching sun before being sold to tourists as sou-
venirs. And yet another million per year are
caught and exported to countries such as the USA
for use in aquariums. Help protect our seahorses
so other people can enjoy them in years to come!
* Amy Milman

Milman is currently an Intern at CIEE, having graduated with an
MSc Marine Environmental Management in 2007. She worked on a
marine conservation project in Mexico for six months before coming
to Bonaire. She is interested in how anthropogenic impacts affect
coral reefs environments and all aspects of marine conservation.

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The Three Brightest Night Time Objects Meet
in a Terrific Extraterrestrial Trio!

If you want to start December right, on Monday night, December 1st, the three
brightest objects in the night time sky will meet and make a terrific trio that I
guarantee will knock your socks off.
On Monday next week, November 24th, at dusk face southwest where just above the
horizon you will see the brightest planet of them all, Earth sized 8,000-mile-wide
Venus, aptly named for the Roman goddess of love and beauty. And just up to Venus'
left the second brightest planet appropriately named for the king of the Roman gods,
Jupiter, because coincidentally this happens to be the largest and king of the planets.
Now as astronomers say, they are, on the 24th, only 6 1/2 degrees apart. Which you
can visualize more easily by remembering that one full Moon equals one half a de-
gree. So if Venus and Jupiter are 6 1/2 degrees apart that means we could line up 13
full Moons between them on Monday. But they are moving rapidly toward each other,
and only 24 hours later on Tuesday the 25th they will be 6 degrees or 12 full Moons
apart, on Wednesday the 26th, 5 degrees or 10 full Moons apart, on Thursday the
27th, 4 degrees or 8 full Moons apart, on Friday only 3 degrees or 6 full Moons apart.
But then ta da! It really gets good because on Saturday, November 29th, they'll be
only 2 1/2 degrees apart, which means that only 5 full Moons could fit between them.
And if you have a really clear flat horizon you just may be able to see an extremely
thin 2-day-old crescent Moon. Binoculars will help.
But the next two nights are the best because on November 30th, the last day of this
month, an exquisite crescent Moon complete with earthshine, which will look like a
grayish black full Moon nestled within the crescent, will be down to the right of Jupi-
ter and Venus and they will be at their closest for this go round only 2 degrees apart
which means only 4 full Moons could fit between them. But it gets even better as we
open up the first day of the last month of 2008 because ta da! on Monday December
1st an even more beautiful crescent Moon complete with earthshine will be just be-
yond Jupiter and Venus which will still be at their closest and the three of them will
form one of the most striking trios you will ever see in the night sky. I mean just think
of it-the three brightest objects we can see in the night sky, all together making a
perfect triangle. It just doesn't get much better than this.
But although they look like they're close together it's only our perspective from our
planet which makes it so. In reality they are at vast distances from each other. Indeed
on December 1st our 2,000-mile-wide Moon will be only 250,000 miles away,
whereas Venus will be 93 million miles beyond. 0 Jack Horkheimer

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November-2008 (end)

Aires Finances, taxes, and intimacy are main themes for the first few weeks of the
month, dear Aries. A love relationship reaches new depths of understanding. You are also
very busy with research and investigations of all kinds. The need for challenges, whether
these are mental or physical, becomes palpable from the 17th forward. A travel, publish-
ing, creative, or educational opportunity falls into your lap in the last week of the month.
Taurus Close personal relationships are in focus this month, dear Taurus. You find
yourself making concessions more than usual. Your desire nature is strong from mid-
month forward. A full Moon occurs in your sign on the 13th, pulling up some surprising
emotions and feelings. Love opportunities are strongest on the 11 and 28. Good news ar-
rives on the 29-30.
Gemini Work continues to be in the spotlight for you this month, dear Gemini. From
the 16th forward, a partnership steps up a notch, becoming more dynamic and dramatic,
and particularly so in the last week of the month. A love relationship reaches new levels of
intimacy. A loan or money owed to you could arrive on the 29-30, particularly if it in-
volves family or property.
Cancer There will be times when you feel bogged down by learning, projects, paper-
work, and errands. You do find time for indulging in hobbies and other pleasurable activi-
ties. Your charm runs very high again this month. The 13th brings the need to help out a
friend. Work is a scurry of activity in the last week of the month, and this period also fa-
vors stepping up physical activity or health routines.
Leo Domestic and family matters continue to take center stage for you this month, dear
Leo. Romantic activity picks up after the 16th. Socializing on the job, and perhaps even
meeting someone through work, is also part of the picture in the second half of the month.
Virgo A busy month that involves plenty of errand-running, tending to paperwork, and
attending appointments is in store for you, dear Virgo. When Venus enters fellow earth
sign, You may have to deal with a partner who is acting a little irresponsible (in your eyes)
or erratic this month. Romance without any strings or expectations might be the answer.
The 15-16 is a period of strength for you, when your powers of persuasion are especially
Libra It's time to organize your personal finances this month, dear Libra, after perhaps
some over-spending. November is an excellent month for budget-making, asking for a
raise, and discovering new ways to boost your income. The 10-12 is a strong time for
money matters. A generally friendly, positive attitude this month helps you to do just that.
The last few days of November are excellent for education, learning, and communications.
Scorpio November is a month of increased confidence and initiative for you, dear Scor-
pio. Others are following your lead now. It's an excellent month in which to present your
ideas, state your case, or simply get up to date with your emails, phone calls, and paper-
work. Career offers come now, and money owed to you could also arrive, particularly in
the last week of the month.
Sagittarius November is an especially strong month for you in terms of career and fam-
ily matters, dear Sagittarius. It's also excellent for personal finances. However, it's a time
of gathering your resources for the weeks ahead. The last week of the month is extremely
busy. You are willingly taking the lead and others have your best interests at heart. A lover
or partner is paying a lot of attention to you, and it feels fabulous.
Capricorn Expansion, confidence, and hopefulness are keywords for November, dear
Capricorn. You are feeling good about yourself and confident about your future. This is
also the time when Venus, the planet of love and attraction, enters your sign. It's easier
than ever to attract exactly what you want during this cycle. November is likely to be
memorable for love and romance! Confusing financial matters or questions of ownership
begin to resolve this month.
Aquarius Business and public affairs continue to play a big role in your life in Novem-
ber, dear Aquarius, but the pressures and over-activity in these areas you encountered last
month begin to dissipate. Love this month is rather business-like as well, or could be found
through professional contacts. Friends and group activities are strong in the last week.
Pisces Your sense of adventure runs high this month, dear Pisces, and you are itching
for a change of pace. Any partnership conflicts that have been brewing are magnified in
November, however. Watch for money tensions around the 4th and social blunders or mis-
understandings on the 17-18. The last week of the month is outstanding for work, money,
and career. 0

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